Since her days growing up outside Chicago, Carlin has explored the different ways people operate and thrive. After concentrating in sociology and creative writing at Hamilton College in upstate New York, she found her calling while teaching English in the Peace Corps. Her first Master’s degree is in Multicultural Special Education from CU-Boulder, and she holds teaching licenses in Special Education, ESL, and Gifted & Talented education. In 2016-17, she earned an additional Master’s in Educational Leadership from High Tech High School’s Residency Program where she focused on the inclusion of neurodiverse students. Following the year at HTH, she is passionate about bringing more inclusive programming for students in Durango.